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March is Reading Month

Posted on March 6th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Chad Hutchinson

March is National Reading Month, and local elementary schools are encouraging students to turn off the television and turn the pages of a good book instead. Blissfield, Britton Deerfield and Whiteford elementary schools are conducting reading activities throughout the month to promote reading among students and families.

For more information on activities in the three districts, please see the March 6, 2013, edition of The Advance.

Code-Red weather/notification system explained Thursday

Posted on March 6th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

At 10 a.m. Thursday, March 7, the Emergency Communications Network in cooperation with the Lenawee County Office of Emergency Management will be calling residents across the county as a means of informing them of the Code-Red Severe weather and mass notifications system. Lenawee Emergency Management Coordinator urged residents to take time to listen to the two-minute message explaining the system and most importantly how they can register for this free service. The mass notification feature is a new addition to the severe weather notification service that has been available to residents for the past two years. The mass notification system can send timely information to a targeted area of the county when an upset condition or an emergency exists which may threaten the safety and welfare of the residents such as hazardous materials incidents or spills, pipeline emergencies, missing persons … Read More »

Uckele expands; granted abatement

Posted on March 6th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor
Blissfield Village Council members granted two industrial facilities tax abatements to Uckele Health and Nutrition at their Feb. 25 meeting that will add five to eight new jobs at the facility. Mike Uckele said the company is adding onto the building and also investing more than $378,000 into equipment.
The building itself will be a $313,620, 3,600-square-foot addition. Uckele said since he purchased the company in 2005, employment has increased from 25-125.
Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. For the complete story on this and other council action, please see the March 6, 2013, edition of The Advance. 

Sources: Koppelman wins top science teaching award

Posted on March 5th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Word has been received that Blissfield elementary science teacher Gary Koppelman has won the prestigious Shell Science Teaching Award, a national honor. No official news release has been received from Shell or the awards committee, but various sources locally are confirming the news as of Tuesday afternoon, March 5.

In a combined effort by Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teachers Association, the award is given in recognition of a K-12 educator who has demonstrated an exceptional impact on their students, school and community in the field of science.

Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc. Look for the full story in the March 13, 2013, edition of The Advance.

BD crowns Winterfest royalty

Posted on March 3rd, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Britton Deerfield crowned its Winterfest queen, Andrea Frank, and king, Ben Huff Friday during a school pep rally.

Blissfield buses vandalized

Posted on February 26th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

It was fortunate Blissfield did not have school Friday after it was discovered that vandals had cut at least 22 tires on several school buses early Friday morning. If school had not been canceled, buses would not have been able to transport students. Two males dressed in dark clothing and dark hoodies were seen vandalizing the buses and cutting tires on security camera footage. Cords attached to the diesel engines were also unplugged.

‘Dublin Style’ name of Blissfield Concert Series’ March 8 event

Posted on February 26th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

The Blissfield Community Concert Series will present “Dublin Style” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 8 at Blissfield Presbyterian Church. The performance will feature the Tecumseh Fiddlers, who will be performing a program composed of Celtic-inspired music.

The Tecumseh Fiddlers are an extracurricular performance ensemble comprised of 19 high school members of the Tecumseh Schools Orchestra. The fiddlers have performed at several local festivals, including the Tecumseh Ice Sculpture Festival, Clinton Fall Festival and the Adrian Art-A-Licious Festival.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students K-12. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Royal Expressions in downtown Blissfield, the Blissfield Village office and at the Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce office in downtown Tecumseh. If tickets are still available at the time of the show, they will be available for purchase at the door. For more information visit

BD celebrates Winterfest

Posted on February 26th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

Britton Deerfield High School will celebrate Winterfest this week culminating in the crowning of the Winterfest king and queen Friday afternoon, March 1 at a 2 p.m. pep assembly at the Britton building. A dance in Deerfield takes place from 8-11 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the middle school for all high school students.

This year’s Winterfest court members are, from left back row, freshman, Hayden Ross, junior king candidates Josh Hitt, Ben Huff, and Garrett Burnor, and sophomore Levi Woerner; front row, from left, freshman, Emily Steuwe, junior queen candidates, Cheyenne Murdock, Andrea Frank and Riley Langmeyer, and sophomore Marisa Kimerer.

Miss and Mr. Whiteford crowned

Posted on February 26th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

Jordan Kiefer and Wyatt Schwanbeck reigned as Miss and Mr. Whiteford over the 2013 Whiteford Winter Homecoming. Elected to this year’s court are, from left, Andrew Misiolek, Marissa Brodbeck, Miss Whiteford Jordan Kiefer, Mr. Whiteford, Wyatt Schwanbeck, Michael Wright, Claire Long, Brian Tabbert and Ashley Daniels.

They were crowned at the half-time of the Bobcats men’s basketball victory over Sand Creek 64-53 Friday.

Check our Galleries (button at the top of the page) for more Whiteford Winter Homecoming photos. Coming soon! Copyright 2013, River Raisin Publications, Inc.

Village OKs study of possible joint venture with Blissfield school

Posted on February 26th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off

By Melissa Burnor

The Blissfield Village Council agreed Monday evening that the exploration of a joint venture between the village and the Blissfield School District to potentially construct a sports and performing arts facility is worth at least looking at by both parties.

Council supported a resolution 6-0 of support of studying the feasibility of the village collaborating with the school district on the project that would include a swimming pool, exercise facility, auxiliary gymnasium and a community performing arts center. Trustee Randy Kelley was absent.

For the complete story, please see the Feb. 27, 2013, edition of The Advance. To subscribe, just call 517-486-2400 with credit card in hand!